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Can you bust a TFR while operating under IFR?
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This is a letter from AOPA that was published in Aero News Network, based on a query made to the FAA on this very topic. My interpretation of this is that there is no definitive answer, and that both ...

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Is it safe and effective to have "glider pilot mentality" when landing single-engine fixed-wing aircraft?
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When we learned to fly in low-lift airfoil tailwheels, with radial or early flat-4 engines, we always expected an engine failure. Patterns were close-in, power was idled turning base (pace winds), and ...

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Which hand do fighter pilots use for the control stick?
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Its not just fighter planes that have the stick in the right and power in the left. That's the way tandem (front-and-back seating) aircraft are set up in general. You can see the throttle on the left-...

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What is (theoretically) the most efficient shape for an aircraft, assuming you don't have to carry any cargo?
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The best shape for an airplane or glider would look like the ASH-30mi, an open class glider with an 86.9ft wingspan, and a 41:1 aspect ratio (wing length to wing chord). It has a glide ratio exceeding ...

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What is the relation between aircraft descent rate and speed?
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Here's Peter's diagram with two different airspeeds, so you can see the difference in the vertical speed:

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Can you be paid to taxi an aircraft if you don't have a commercial license?
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Yes, as per 61.113: (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) through (h) of this section, no person who holds a private pilot certificate may act as pilot in command of an aircraft that is ...

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What are the drawbacks of being a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot at the same time?
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My experience transitioning from airplanes to helicopters and then to gliders is that I never forget what I'm flying. I know that sounds obvious, but its no different than the difference between ...

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What does "traffic in position..." phrase mean?
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The phraseology in the question is incorrect. If the planes on on the same runway without ASDE-X, the aircraft departing will be given: DELTA 2-7, RUNWAY 1, LINE UP AND WAIT, BOEING 7-2 6-MILE ...

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Can a plane be IFR certified, but not allowed in IMC?
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Question: Can these planes be certified for IFR, despite the IMC limitation? No Refer to FAA Order 8700.1: B.  Type Certificate Data. Appropriate type certificate data will indicate whether ...

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What are Forward flight, Straight flight, Level flight, and Cruise flight in a helicopter?
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Forward flight in a helicopter means that the the horizontal component of lift is forward of vertical, and no turning component is present. Contrast to turning flight. Straight flight is forward ...

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Is there a difference between how commercial jets and GA aircraft use airways?
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It depends on the type of aircraft, and the operational support behind the airplane. In the Western US (as I would expect is also true for Les Alpes), the terrain is quite high, and there is sparse ...

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How does an airliner deal with cabin altitude at an airport above 8000 ft?
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In the PC-12, there is a cabin pressurization controller knob (the lower right-hand knob in the image) that allows you to set the actual altitude at which you are taking off at/climbing or descending ...

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In a Cessna 172 flying VFR on long final, when do I extend flaps to 10, 20, and 30 degrees?
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Here's what I do in a straight-in: fly it at cruise speed, and at 4 miles out, set power for final approach speed (you do know what that is, right? usually 15-17" or 15-1700RPM in a light aircraft; ...

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What are some of the more common procedures when faced with a hung landing gear?
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First of all, you must determine if the gear is broken or the lights are broken. Once you've determined that the lights are in working order, then you can trouble shoot the gear itself using the ...

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What can airline pilots do if they are no longer in the position to fly, career-wise?
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Commercial glider and balloon flights don't require a medical, nor do certain kinds of instrument instruction. Someone who's is healthy but wouldn't pass a first or second class medical can have a ...

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Is it possible to perform the Lomcovak manoeuvre in a C152 aerobat?
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The list of approved maneuvers is in the POH, and I'm sure the Lomcovak is not listed. If you are willing to do unapproved maneuvers, the issue is that because the aircraft tumbles rather than flies ...

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What is automatic control connections and how does it work?
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Automatic control hookup means that when the wing or tail are fully inserted into the aircraft fuselage, that the control rods for the airlerons, flaps, speedbrakes, elevator, etc., are all guaranteed ...

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To which reference point on the aircraft is the altimeter reading relative to?
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The placement of a probe for a pressure altimeter has exactly the problem you mention, but they only need to be accurate within 75 feet, so placement is not a problem. For large aircraft, they use ...

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What are the aircraft requirements to legally offer commercial sightseeing flights in a C-172?
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It needs to be airworthy, as per 91.403, which is defined to include compliance with all ADs: (c) No person may operate an aircraft for which a manufacturer's maintenance manual or instructions ...

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In calm winds, which runway should I select at an untowered airport?
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You can talk about obstacles and runway lengths and not flying into the sun and all sorts of other minutiae that probably don't apply in calm conditions in a Cessna 172. At some point you've ...

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What are the differences between fuel types (comparing with vehicles)?
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JetA is indeed a kind of diesel fuel prepared for use in turbines. There are a number of other jet fuels, such as JP1, JP2, etc, but these are fairly rare, since they are usually used for military ...

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Why do some airplanes have vertical strakes?
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Strakes serve to improve lateral stability in airplanes which may have certain features that make them less stable in yaw. For example, strakes are especially popular on floatplanes, and, indeed, the ...

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Why doesn't an airfoil rotate?
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Perhaps you're thinking of something like a fanwing, which incorporates both centrifugal fans and an airfoil into the wing

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Why the number 6 in P6SM in a METAR/TAF?
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The reason its reported as "greater than 6 statue miles" is because 6 statute miles is the equivalent of 10 kilometers. ICAO reports METAR visibility in meters, and reserves 4 places in the coded ...

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What is the safe speed to use highspeed turnoff?
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According to AC 150/5300-13A, section 409: b. High-speed exit taxiways. A specific case of an acute angle runway exit taxiway that forms a 30-degree angle with the runway centerline is ...

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How do aircraft brake when using skis?
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Full up elevator and retraction of the flaps increases aerodynamic drag and downforce in the skis, reducing the time and distance required to stop. Seaplanes have the same issue.

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Can I circle to a different runway if cleared for an instrument approach without circling minimums?
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In this scenario, you do in fact have two legal options -- although you must decide if they are safe. First, you can cancel IFR when you break out on the approach and switch to SVFR (this was ...

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What is the difference between the ILS Critical Area and the ILS Sensitive Area?
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As you can see from this ICAO Annex 10 image, the ILS critical Area does indeed lay within the ILS sensitive Area, and its size is dependent on the Category of the ILS approach.

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Are commercial aircraft required to have the model number painted on them?
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Every aircraft I have flown had a data plate mounted somewhere in the outside, showing the make, model, serial number, and the year of manufacture. You probably can't see it unless you're 3 feet away, ...

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Is there a central database for all airline reservation information?
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The simplest answer is that United and Thai have a codeshare arrangement, so United booked a ticket on all 4 segments using its own reservation system. United's reservation system communicated with ...

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